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OUTDOORS CALENDAR: Final day of "Back to BV Bash", Wreath-making 101 . . . .

To get an event in the calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148; (800) 477-6572, ext. 1148; or by email at bdokken@gfherald.com. Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays.

To get an event in the calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148; (800) 477-6572, ext. 1148; or by email at bdokken@gfherald.com . Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays.

Events

• Today: Final day of "Back to BV Bash" weekend, Buena Vista Ski Area north of Bemidji. Skiing and boarding hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rail Jam at 1 p.m. ($5 registration with paid lift ticket) and free hot cider from 1 to 2 p.m. by outdoor fireplace. Info: bvskiarea.com.

• Dec. 12: Wreath-making 101, sessions set for 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., Lake Bemidji State Park. Materials fee is $8.50; maximum of 20 people per session. Registration required. Info/signup: (218) 308-2300.

• Dec. 13: Advanced wreath-making, 1 to 3 p.m., Lake Bemidji State Park. Materials fee $5; class limited to 15. Info/registration: (218) 308-2300.

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• Dec. 18: Christmas Bird Count, Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Thief River Falls. Info: Lynda Knutsen, lynda_knutsen@fws.gov .

• Dec. 19: 44th annual Crookston Christmas Bird Count. Meet at 7 a.m. at RBJ's Restaurant in Crookston for breakfast and to plan routes for the day. Info: Tom Feiro, count compiler, tfeiro@crk.umn.edu , (218) 281-5515 (home) or (218) 521-0233 (cell).

• Dec. 19: Annual winter bird survey, 10 a.m. to noon, Lake Bemidji State Park. Bring binoculars and field guides and meet at the Visitor Center. Entrance to the park is off Beltrami County State Aid Highway 20. Info: John Fylpaa, (218) 308-2300 or by email at john.fylpaa@state.mn.us .

• Dec. 19: Fargo-Moorhead Christmas Bird Count. Info: Keith Corliss, kcor708@gmail.com .

• Dec. 20: Grand Forks Christmas Bird Count. Meet at 7 a.m. at Northside Cafe. Info: Dave Lambeth, davidlambeth58201@yahoo.com .

• Dec. 20: 21st annual Itasca State Park winter bird count, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Itasca State Park, Minn. Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center lobby between 7:30 and 8 a.m. Park entrance is 21 miles north of Park Rapids, Minn., on U.S. Highway 71. Info: (218) 689-7251 or itasca.statepark@state.mn.us .

• Dec. 20: Beginning Birding with Birds in Your Backyard, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Itasca State Park, Minn. Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center classroom. Info: (218) 699-7251.

• Dec. 31: Christmas Bird Count, Beltrami Island State Forest, Minn. Info: Martin Kehoe, mvkehoe@aol.com .

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• Jan. 1: Winter Bird Count, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Turtle River State Park, N.D. There'll be a Birding Basics course from 10 to 11 a.m. in the chalet, and course participants can participate in the actual count afterward. Come and go as you please. Info: (701) 594-4445.

• Jan. 1: Christmas Bird Count, Baudette, Minn. Info: Martin Kehoe, mvkehoe@aol.com .

• Jan. 2: Christmas Bird Count, Roseau, Minn. Info: Pat Roth, patandray@mncable.net .

• Jan. 16: Third Annual Wounded Warriors Guide Service Ice Tournament, Devils Lake. Entry fee $150 per two-person team with a 50-team limit. More than $10,000 in cash and raffle prizes based on a full field. Woodland Resort is tournament headquarters, and a rules meeting is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 15. Tickets available at Fargo and Grand Forks Scheels stores or Woodland Resort. Info: Dave Morse, dave@wwgsmn.org .

Meetings

• Dec. 15: Informational meeting on draft Strategic Management Plan for Elk in Minnesota for 2016-20, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Lancaster Community Center, 95 Second St. W., Lancaster, Minn. The draft plan is available online at bit.ly/1Na2iGb.

• Dec. 16: Informational meeting on draft Strategic Management Plan for Elk in Minnesota for 2016-20, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Grygla Community Center, 127 S. Main Ave., Grygla, Minn. The draft plan is available online at bit.ly/1Na2iGb.

Shooting

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• Dec. 13: North Dakota Class I & II Permit to Carry Training, 9 a.m., Grand Forks Scheels. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674; permittocarry.org.

• Dec. 13: 2 for 1 Utah, Minnesota, Florida or Arizona Permit to Carry training, 10:30 a.m., Grand Forks Scheels. Info: Laura Ramirez, (218) 252-1631; permittocarry.org.

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Brad Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and has been the Grand Forks Herald's outdoors editor since 1998.

Besides his role as an outdoors writer, Dokken has an extensive background in northwest Minnesota and Canadian border issues and provides occasional coverage on those topics.

Reach him at bdokken@gfherald.com, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or on Twitter at @gfhoutdoor.
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